I was born in 1966 in Cofimvaba. I was educated in a number of rural schools in the Eastern Cape, including Ncorha Junior Secondary School, Main Mission Junior Secondary School, Sabatha High School, and Falo High School. In 1985, I dropped out of school and left for Johannesburg to live with my aunts, and this is where I took a range of menial jobs, which included being a labourer at various housing construction projects around Soweto, a security guard in most of the industrial areas around Johannesburg, and being a shop assistant.
In 1988 I left Johannesburg for the Western Cape to live with my late grandfather, Kidwell Nkasawe at Langa Township in Cape Town, and later I went to live with my late foster father, Gideon, in Hermanus, where I started to work as a petrol attendant, at various garages in the area. I returned to Falo High School in 1991 to complete my matric. After obtaining my matric certificate I left for Cape Town where I enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town. I left UCT in 1995, having obtained a BA Honours in History, and joined the University of the Western of the Cape for a Master of Arts degree in History, which I completed in 1997.
In 1997 I joined the then Department of Constitutional Development, which later became the Department of Provincial and Local Government, and now known as the Department of Cooperative Governance, as an Assistant Director responsible for the development of policy on traditional leadership. Later I was promoted to Deputy Director, and the Director, still responsible for traditional leadership issues.
In 2004 I continued with my studies, enrolling at Wits University for a second master’s degree – a Master of Management degree in the field of Public and Development Management, which I completed in 2006.
In 2006 I joined the Eastern Cape Government Office of the Premier, where I still am, as a Chief Director, first in charge of government planning, research and policy coordination, and currently in charge of Cabinet support and protocol services.